Latest Minnesota state government News

Minnesota attorney general sues 2 companies over COVID tests

Jan. 19, 2022 19:40 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s top law enforcement official filed suit against two Illinois-based companies Wednesday over the results of COVID-19 tests he said were often slow to arrive and not accurate. Attorney General Keith Ellison is seeking an injunction and financial...

Walz asks lawmakers to back record $2.7 billion bonding bill

Jan. 18, 2022 16:27 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz asked the Legislature on Tuesday to back a $2.7 billion “local jobs and projects” plan that's considerably larger than the record package that lawmakers passed two years ago. The Democratic governor unveiled his wish list at a news conference...

Panel weighs expanding use of cameras in Minnesota courts

Jan. 14, 2022 19:57 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota court advisory committee met again Friday to examine whether to allow more video coverage of criminal trial proceedings, with some members expressing hesitation toward expanding the use of cameras in courts. The state Supreme Court's Advisory...

Walz seeks $40M for hospital staffing amid COVID-19 surge

Jan. 12, 2022 17:24 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday that he wants to use $40 million in federal funding to support emergency staffing at hospitals that are straining to cope with a surge in COVID-19 cases that is expected to get worse. Walz said he asked to use the money to...

Marquardt joins House members who won't seek reelection

Jan. 12, 2022 11:11 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The number of Minnesota state lawmakers who don't plan to seek reelection continues to grow. Longtime Rep. Paul Marquart joined the list Wednesday. “At 65, it’s time to try new things and to spend more time with my family and those fun...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jan. 12, 2022 01:03 AM EST

Minneapolis Star Tribune. January 9, 2022. Editorial: A unified front on the opioid crisis State, counties, cities join forces in historic agreement. Minnesota is now in line to receive $296 million over 18 years to deal with the state’s opioid...

Qualls joins packed GOP field in race for Minnesota governor

Jan. 09, 2022 14:02 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A U.S. Army veteran and former healthcare executive said Sunday he's running for governor in Minnesota, joining a handful of other Republicans who have announced for the job. Kendall Qualls, who lives in Medina with his wife and five children, said he is the...

Minnesota gives key approval for sale of ND coal plant

Jan. 06, 2022 19:17 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators on Thursday approved the transfer of a key permit necessary for a financially troubled coal-fired power plant in North Dakota to be sold to a Bismarck-based marketer of wholesale electricity. Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0...

New Minnesota COVID-19 testing sites start opening Friday

Jan. 06, 2022 14:42 PM EST

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's newest COVID-19 community testing site will open at the National Guard Armory in Anoka on Friday, Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday, while the Guard will help raise the capacity of a similar site in downtown St. Paul by 50%. The moves to boost the...

Minnesota AG Ellison quarantining outside US with COVID-19

Jan. 06, 2022 10:48 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says he's quarantining outside the country after testing positive for COVID-19. In a statement Wednesday night, Ellison said he was experiencing only mild symptoms thanks to having been vaccinated and boosted. He said...